Sail Training FAQ

What training courses are you running in 2018?

The club is running one academy course this year.

Is there a level of fitness required?
In general, sailing is a fantastic sport which is accessible to all people regardless of their disabilities or levels of fitness across the UK.

However, Eastbourne Sovereign Sailing Club does not have any slipway access and uses adult single handed boats for training. As such a good level of fitness is required. This can be compared to walking up and down a shingle beach carrying bags unaided and climbing out of a swimming pool without the use of a ladder.

If you are concerned about your ability to complete this course please arrange a chat with one of our instructors before booking onto the course. Due to the limited availability of this course we are unable to offer refunds should you choose not to complete the course.

Can I do the course without becoming an academy member?

No, we believe the academy membership is not only a very cost effective way learn to sail, it gives you everything you need for your 1st year. 

What if I can't make one of the dates?

We would like you to plan to attend all the course dates as you will learn something new every day. However, if you are ill one day we will do our best to catch you up with the rest of the group.

We may not be able to qualify you if you do not attend all the days.

Will I get a certificate?

Yes, providing you reach the correct standard you will get a RYA certificate. 

What if I don't get to the relevant standard by the end of the course?

Luckily this does not happen often as we will work with you throughout the course. However, in some cases some people do not meet the RYA standards. If this happens, we will discuss the options of continuing your training at a later date or what you need to do for your self development. 

What do I need to bring with me on the first day?

As a minimum you will need some clothing that will get wet, and a set of dry clothes to change in to. A wetsuit or similar sailing clothing is ideal. However, we appreciate that you may not wish to invest in expensive new equipment straight away! The club does have a number of wetsuits you can borrow but our range is limited so it is a good idea to bring some tracksuit bottoms, cotton T-shirt and sweatshirt and if you have them, a wind proof jacket and trousers will keep you warm. Also remember your swimming costume and towel. You will also need some shoes that you don’t mind getting wet that are comfy and cover all of your foot. The sun is also more powerful on the water so I would recommend always applying a good waterproof sun cream of at least SPF 30.

What about safety?

We have a very good safety record at the club. Ensure you listen to the briefing at the start of the sessions and safety advice throughout the course. Should you wish to we can provide helmets to help protect your head. However, sometimes accidents do happen, however, one of your instructors will always be a qualified first aider. There will also always be a supporting motorboat on the water whenever you’re sailing. If you are not sure or have any questions on the day please ask. If you get cold during a session please let us know.

What time do we start and finish?

The lessons will start at 10am and finish around 4:30pm. We will normal have a break for lunch about 1pm. However the instructor might want to discuss the morning or afternoon session with the group over lunch so please don’t disappear.

What if the weather is bad?

The weather may be different down the club than it is at home so always assume you will be sailing. There are some days where it will not be possible to sail, however, the course does involve some theory so there will still be lots to learn, though we might finish early if it is not possible to get on the water.

What about food and drink?

The clubs galley offers hot and cold food and soft drinks for a reasonable price (I can personally recommend the ranch pasties). The club is open from 9:30am so if you fancy a bacon sandwich before your sail, turn up a bit early. They will open a tab for you during the day so you don’t have to carry money when sailing, but please ensure you pay before you leave.  

What should I do if I have a medical condition or I am not a very good swimmer?

Contact the training officer first instance and we will be able to advise you personally. The course does involve some swimming but you will be in a buoyancy aid at all times. It’s always a good idea to let you instructor know at the start of the day.